|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
This stunning contemporary stand-alone studio with sleeping alcove is just steps from Venice Beach. It has a spectacular loft ceiling, hardwood floors and small kitchenette. Located in a prime location, tucked away just 50 yards off the famous Venice boardwalk and the beach, it is nonetheless still extremely private and quiet. This one-of-a-kind 500sf home was written up in the LA Times and the NY Times for its architectural merit. It is also featured in the coffee table book "Small Urban Interiors".
The adventure begins with the unique entrance. You approach up a set of stairs and across a redwood bridge to your private front door. Enter into a room filled with light streaming through the many carefully placed windows and skylights. A set of French doors opens to a balcony facade with side ocean view. The angles worked into the design allow light to playfully fill the space. The cathedral beam ceiling soars to 18ft. The floors are of clear fir hardwood. An L-shaped, built in desk doubles as a dining table and can seat three. The small kitchenette has two stainless mini-refrigerators, microwave, sink, and hot plate. The living area has a 50" 3-D flat screen TV with DVD player and a 7ft. sleeper sofa which opens to a queen size bed. In the evening, multiple dimmers and lighting options allow guests to choose among multiple lighting moods.
A step up leads to the sleeping area, which can be closed off from the rest of the studio with curtains to block out the light for sleeping on the comfortable full sized bed dressed with high count linens. The large bathroom contains a step in tiled shower with rain shower head and a pedestal sink.
The studio also has high speed wireless internet, a thermostat controlled wall heater, and private phone for exclusive guest use, with free unlimited local and long-distance domestic calls. There is a laundry room on the premises. Exit the property and you are 50 paces from the center of the boardwalk and the beach.
As most beach properties along the California Coastline, this property is not equipped with an A/C unit. With average beach temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees year round, air conditioning is not generally needed in our beach areas. For our warmer days, each of our beach properties is equipped with portable ventilator fans which, when combined with open windows, allow the fresh ocean air to circulate and cool your property to a very pleasant temperature.
The unit is in an excellent location, literally steps from the beach and boardwalk and about a 20 minute walk to Santa Monica pier. It's clean and well-designed to make good use of the small space although I think 4 adults would find it crowded. The kitchen was basic but certainly adequate for breakfasts, lunches and light dinners if you didn't want to eat out. There are 2 bar fridges, so plenty of space for drinks and groceries.
The management company responded quickly to any issues that came up (all minor, e.g. not having the right wifi info when I got there).
The biggest downside was that it was hard to get much of a cross-breeze going with the windows open (not very nice in itself because they overlook a big utility pole and alley full of garbage cans) and there is a large skylight the sun beats in during the day so it got really stuffy in there. I didn't mind too much because I was out most of the time, but if you had to be there longer in hot weather it could get unpleasant. There was a good portable fan in the unit that helped a lot.
The entrance can be an annoyance - you go behind the building through a driveway that sometimes has one or two cars parked with inches to spare between the concrete walls. Most of the time I could squeeze through, but once someone parked on a bit of an angle and I had to walk on the wall then jump down to get around it. There is a gate I later discovered, but you have to move garbage cans out of the way if you want to use it. Fortunately the driveway was empty when I arrived and left with my luggage.
Would recommend to solo travellers or couples who want to be within easy walking distance of restaurants, shopping, beach and other attractions and mostly just want a place to sleep, not to hang out in too much.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (US Dollar) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.